Grateful Dead Live at Sullivan Stadium on 1987-07-04
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Touch Of Gray, Hell In A Bucket, West L.A. Fadeaway, Tons Of Steel, Little Red Rooster, Box Of Rain, Althea, Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Jam-> Drums-> Space-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones
Times They Are A Changin', Man Of Peace, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight*, The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest, I Want You, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Memphis Blues, Queen Jane Approximately, Chimes Of Freedom, Slow Train Coming, Joey, All Along The Watchtower, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
*Jerry on Pedal Steel. All the songs in the 2nd set were sung by Dylan
Related Music (Beta) question-dark
Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song
Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
|Touch Of Grey|
|Hell In A Bucket|
|West L.A. Fadeaway|
|Tons Of Steel|
|Little Red Rooster|
|Box Of Rain|
|Uncle John's Band ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Wharf Rat ->|
|The Times They Are A-Changin'|
|Man Of Peace|
|I'll Be Your Baby Tonight|
|I Want You|
|Ballad Of A Thin Man|
|Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again|
|Queen Jane Approximately|
|Chimes Of Freedom|
|All Along The Watchtower|
|Knockin' On Heaven's Door|
-- Set 1 is seamless
-- Set 2 with Bob Dylan
- CD -> Samplitude Professional v10.02 -> FLAC
- Foxboro, MA
- Run time
- SBD -> Cassette Master -> CD
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Sullivan Stadium
Subject: First Dead Show
Back in the lot she handed me the Deadheads Handbook. I read through it on our way out of the lot while fireworks whizzed and banged around us. I remember thinking I had been let in on some amazing sort of secret that had been hiding in plain site under the guise of a regular old rock band.
Subject: Pure fun front to back
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Playing for the Dylan fans
This show had a notorious reputation. It was triple-digit-hot inside the stadium (sending people to the First Aid tents), there were people unfamiliar with the scene who gate-crashed and spilled bad vibes on the unsuspecting Heads (who felt like a curtain was falling - the effect was quite serious), there were physically aggressive, war-mentality cops that thought they were society's arbiters, and busts. This made it oversold, uncomfortably crowded and the scenario was about to repeat itself (the TouchHead phenomena actually post-dates this show. In the Dark was not yet released. Touch entered the singles chart 15Aug and MTV rotation started after that). The band played a shorter time slot (though with the heat that was probably better for energy and tuned guitars) - one longer set, designed for what management assumed would be mostly Dylan fans. Nonetheless, it's an above-average performance overall.
At this point on the Dylan dates the Dead were playing one opening set (in the last half of the 6 dates they played two), but since it's nearly a 2hr set, condensing both sets to one, it's not much different than playing two one-hour sets. Either way, ticketholders would expect them to save some for backing Dylan. This was the opener of the Dylan/Dead tour and I can remember the excitement. Zimmerman wasn't really ready for prime time in '87 (or is he ever?). Seeing him at the time was about literally seeing him, not being impressed by his quality. I like Dylan - but I can also admit that he was often horrible live. As for the Dead, some songs fill the massive stadium and some do not.
The word at Red Rocks was that this was a dark show, with band trainwrecks. Not so, today - the opposite of you had to be there! Because they had woodshedded with Dylan, they were on top of it for a couple months and there are many great shows from July/Aug. The hassles of this day are long gone and the music remains. There would be five more gigs with Dylan (interspersed were gigs without). Given the quality of 7/26, they were just starting to gel!
Opener Touch of Grey is the only average song. It tightens up for Hellina - one of Jer's favorites in '87. You could tell he loved a Bobby song that he could dive into by the measures he took. West L.A. Fadeaway is a roaring, stadium version and Brent grabs that torch for Tons. You get Bobby Slide Practice™ for Little Red Rooster, but also Jer's brilliance. Box is sleepy but solid and Althea is surpsingly good, given the way I avoided this show's rep. Because Uncle John's sounds different than a year previously, and uptempo, you can point to the woodshed - albeit Mickey dated things for a couple tours with his new tech pad. After a solid Playin' Brent plays a UJB Reprise theme but the band doesn't bite. Drums>Space isn't the stadium-filler you'd expect and it takes awhile for Jer to get into Truckin' (Livin' on crack, vitamin C and cocaine... except crack IS cocaine. That's like livin' on weed and buds). Healy fucks with Bobby on The Other One, but then the Dead are supposed to be psychedlic, and it's pretty good considering this was the kumna rounyall era. Throwing Stones isn't the best '87 but it's strong enough (on In the Dark, the first iteration of the intro riff is cut). I can remember in '87 when a powerful version like this could bring tears as the whole venue shook. Yet today it's not a fave because it varied little, and though the message is more relevant that ever, with the Trump dismantling of the EPA etc., it seems a little on-the-nose from Barlow. Ah well, so it goes.
Overall = B- [Dead portion only]
Hell in a Bucket - Jer-enthused
West L.A. Fadeaway - stadium version
SOURCES: The miller_101650 is best, but it's clearly not a soundboard. It's probably an FOB AUD, as Dylan didn't allow a tapers section or recording devices at the board. The chasing_wilma and Senn_lai FOB AUDs are good. Throwing Stones is a bonus track on In the Dark.
Subject: Best Sounding of the Dylan Sets
The 3 star rating is for the recording only.
Subject: bad stuff and show yay ok
Subject: Happy Independence Day
Subject: a few nuggs
Subject: My Day 1987 07 04
Subject: Only show I left early from
Plus Dylan was his usual self. I know all of his songs and words by heart and good barely tell what verse he was singing at any one time!
Subject: my 3rd show that year
The venue (home of the Patriots!) was HOT! I remember at one point being squished between two (lets be honest)overweight gentlemen-really. It was CROWDED...I was about 30 yards away from the stage and the sound was great..and although the press afterwards talked about the
"risk" of playing the first batch of songs all off the "new" album, we in the crowd were diggin it-check the tempos of these songs (especially "Bucket"), the honest to goodness good vibes coming off the audience("Tons of Steel"! RIP Brent)...Jerry was really on it (LISTEN!) and I remember when ever he made ANY movement people were cheering, that's how glad everyone was glad to have him amongst the living.
As to this recording: it's an audience, sure, but juice it up to yer liking in the VBR eq section and WOW effects, and it sounds great...
I always wondered what the recording sounded like from the guy in front of me that had two small mics taped to his giant uncle sam hat, as he bopped around like crazy...I'll discuss the Dylan set on another post..the highlights? Jer on pedal steel, and the Knockin at the end with EVERYBODY waiving their hands in the air...Hard to believe this was over 20 years ago!!!